It’s been a week since I joined twitter and happened upon Autism Bloggers, both Parents of Autistic children and those that are Autistic themselves, and it’s opened up a whole new world for me to explore!
I am discovering a wealth of information and developing a profound respect for the unadulterated honesty from some of these Autism Advocates. There is so much knowledge shared and just hearing someone describe experiences and emotions you have yourself lived through and felt makes you realize there are others who could conceivably empathize with your own experiences.
Now I know that there have always been groups out there that I could have joined, but being the way I am… well, being a “joiner” has never been something that has appealed! Walking into a room full of strangers… I think not!
However this new world seems to have a whole new set of rules, acceptable and unacceptable terms, etc, etc… It’s taken 38 years to get some sort of grasp on the Neurotypical world… and counting… a work in progress shall we say… and now I have to learn about a whole new community with it’s own social conventions, generally accepted standards and criteria but no-where does it stipulate what these are!
There also appears to be division and discontent with how others within the community are portraying themselves and people feeling that this does not accurately reflect their own experience with Autism… A drawback of Autism, an inability to “put yourself in someone else’s shoes”, which takes me back to my previous comment that reading some of these blogs “makes you realize there are others who could conceivably empathize with your own experiences” and I question whether I am searching for a grail that is unattainable…
… So here I am, one week into the world of Autism Bloggers, definitely a concoction of admiration, delight and knowledge all liberally sprinkled within a social minefield!